State lawmakers fight to amend Constitution with convention of states
State lawmakers around the nation have urged for a convention of the states to amend the constitution without having to go through Congress. The Convention of States Project has been pushing for the meeting since 2014.
Supporters of the plan say that increasing federal power is the cause for why the convention must be held. This is especially stressed under President Biden, who enacted 50 executive orders in his initial 100 days in office.
“Madison said: ‘Federal powers are defined and few. State powers are broad and many,’” State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Texas) said. “So this represents states’ desire to rebalance what our founders gave us, to rebalance the power between the federal and state goverments’ ability to make choices for themselves.”
The provision calls for states to have a convention to propose amendments is protected in Article V of the Constitution. Article V means two-thirds of states are needed to call the convention and then three-fourths of those states will then vote to ratify the amendment. However, opponents say the convention might be used to rewrite the whole Constitution, but supporters say this is not the case.
“We are not calling for rewriting the Constitution., Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) said. “We are being very specific about proposing Constitutional amendments. So the Constitution stays the way it is. We are looking for one or two points we want to clarify using amendments and that is what you do during a convention of the states.”
Currently, 15 of the 34 states needed to call for a convention have passed agreement resolutions to participate.
Author: Blake Ambrose